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WCMS girls avenge lone loss, win 10th straight
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Mendy Stotts has led the WCMS girls team to a 10-1 start this season, which included three victories last week.

Getting her Lady Pioneers ready for battle has never been an issue for coach Mendy Stotts this year, but the WCMS girls were especially chomping at the bit Thursday at home. Warren County finally got its chance to avenge its only loss and it didn’t waste the opportunity.

The Lady Pioneers smashed Franklin North 49-33 at home, serving a hefty dose of payback after losing on the road to the Lady Gators in the season opener. Coupled with Friday’s 43-20 domination of Tullahoma East, Warren County has now won 10 straight games since that first loss back on October 24.

Coach Stotts didn’t want to overhype the home matchup with Franklin North, other than to stress how important it could be to the Central Tennessee Conference standings, but her team still carried a little extra chip on its shoulder to the court against its rival.

“We had to make sure we took care of North. We didn’t want to settle for the poor shooting night we had the first go round,” said Stotts, noting her Lady Pioneers were 12-for-65 in the first meeting. “North is always a very physical and competitive team. Our girls definitely wanted to make a statement that we actually are a much better team than we showed our first game.”

The message was delivered in a matter of minutes in the rematch.

Warren County opened the game on a 16-2 run, effectively putting the game away before the first quarter even ended. The Lady Pioneers smothered Franklin North’s ball handlers, pressuring them at every turn. Warren County’s mission was clear: wreak havoc on its opponent.

Offensively, Maci McBride got hot early with six quick points, but the entire lineup didn’t take long to get into the action. Addison Steakly had four early points on her way to a nine-point outing (spurred on by a 5-for-5 night at the line), while Cortlyn Porter, Brynlee Chisam and Aubrey Oleksik also got on the board in the first quarter.

Warren County was doubling up Franklin North 26-13 by halftime and kept its lead in the third quarter with the long ball. McBride and Chisam each connected from deep as the Lady Pioneers stayed in front 40-26 going into the fourth.

The Lady Pioneers were just accurate enough at the line late (7-of-13) to make sure Franklin North couldn’t mount any miracle comeback.

McBride made sure there wasn’t any letdown the following night, dropping 16 points as Warren County made quick work of Tullahoma on the road. Leah Mara’s 3-pointer and a three-point play by Alexia Ross were also huge during a third-quarter stretch where Warren County extended an 11-point cushion at halftime to a commanding 39-15 advantage going into the fourth.

Coach Stotts feels like her team’s growing confidence, which seems to rise a little higher with every win, is a function of the goals the Lady Pioneers set before the season. Every time Warren County steps on the court, it has a chance to do special things and cash in on all the hard work the group put in throughout the summer and fall.

“We set goals together as a team that we strive for every practice and every game. The girls have played unselfishly and have a lot of continuity. They are confident because they have put in the hard work since we started practice,” said Stotts. “Most of all, they believe in our team goals and believe in each other. We are at the top of the CTC and the goal is to stay there.”

Warren County can take a big step toward securing the CTC crown with wins this week against Franklin South (Monday on the road) and Tullahoma East (Thursday at home). Both games will start at 6 p.m.

 

Lady Pioneer scoring (vs. Franklin North) – Cortlyn Porter 11, Maci McBride 10, Brynlee Chisam 9, Addison Steakley 9, Aubrey Oleksik 6, Alexia Ross 2, Gaby Castillo 2

Lady Pioneer scoring (vs. Tullahoma East) – McBride 16, Steakley 6, Chisam 4, Ross 4, Castillo 3, Leah Mara 3, Oleksik 3, Ella Kesey 2, Abigail Netherton 2

 

 

Warren County Middle School boys box scores 

Pioneers 54

Franklin North 44

 

WC scoring – Canaan Parris 16, Luke Simpson 11, Trey Martin 9, Maddux Baker 8, Dominick Robertson 6, Joshua Powell 4

 

Tullahoma East 42

Pioneers 40

 

WC scoring – Canaan Parris 13, Trey Martin 9, Luke Simpson 9, Maddux Baker 5, Dominick Robertson 4